2017-05-10 06:40:31 Xinhua
Editor's note: The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation will take place in Beijing on May 14-15. Here we take a look at the many firsts achieved after the Belt and Road Initiative was proposed by President Xi Jinping in 2013.
Train attendants take a selfie in front of a train running on the line linking Addis Ababa, capital city of Ethiopia, and Djibouti, capital city of Djibouti, on Oct. 5, 2016.(Photo/Xinhua)
Opened to traffic in October 2016, the railway, the first one-of-a-kind electrified line in East Africa, was the first railway Chinese enterprises built overseas with only Chinese standard and Chinese equipment.
An international freight train starts its journey on the line linking Lanzhou city, in Northwest China's Gansu province, and Minsk, capital of Belarus, in Lanzhou, on Sept 23, 2016. (Photo/Xinhua)
As China's first direct international freight train, it is the only direct channel leading to the China-Balerus Industrial Park.
People pose for photos as the railway linking Vahdat and the bay area of Khatlon in Tajikistan is completed on Aug 25, 2016. (Photo/Xinhua)
The line, the first built by Chinese railway construction enterprises in Central Africa, is also the first project started and completed within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.